Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pew Internet News: Who uses video-sharing sites? // College Students & Technology

71% of online adults now use video-sharing sites

Fully 71% of online Americans use video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, up from 66% a year earlier. The use of video-sharing sites on any given day also jumped five percentage points, from 23% of online Americans in May 2010 to 28% in May 2011.

Rural internet users are now just as likely as users in urban and suburban areas to have used these sites, and online African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely than internet-using whites to visit video-sharing sites.

“The rise of broadband and better mobile networks and devices has meant that video has become an increasingly popular part of users’ online experiences,” said Kathleen Moore, author of the report. “People use these sites for every imaginable reason – to laugh and learn, to watch the best and worst of popular culture and to check out news. And video-sharing sites are very social spaces as people vote on, comment on, and share these videos with others.”

College students and technology

Report: College students and technology

By every key measurement, college students lead the way in tech and gadget use. Fully 92% of 18-24 year olds who do not attend college are internet users, comparable to the rate for community college students and just slightly lower than the rate for undergraduate and graduate students (nearly 100% of whom access the internet). However, community college students do not use digital tools as much as four-year college students and graduate students.

Future of the Internet: Reading, writing, and the rendering of knowledge

“We may lose our ability to write, in the literal sense that students are no longer taught penmanship. We will either type or print like 8 year olds. But I think even email stimulates the putting of ideas into writing. And while we may read only on electronic media, I think the book and the scholarly work will survive as important means both of transferring knowledge and of entertainment.” – David Clark, senior research scientist for the Next-Generation Internet, MIT professor

Read more in our recent Future of the Internet report

Pew Internet research in the news

YouTube use explodes, and minorities lead the way
Washington Post, July 26

Defying Easy Categorization: Latinos And Communication Technology
MediaPost, July 21

College Students Lead in Internet Use and Tech Gadgets, Study Finds
The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19

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